IEEE has recently unveiled “Generation AI 2019: Third Annual Study of Millennial Parents and Generation Alpha Kids.”
The survey reveals the confidence Millennial parents in the U.S., U.K., India, China and Brazil with Generation Alpha children (nine years-old or younger) may have in using AI and emerging technologies for the health and wellness of their children.
Considered to be the most tech-infused demographic, born 2010-2025, Generation Alpha is growing up with AI benefiting their health and wellness, and technology infiltrating nearly every aspect of their lives.
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Human donor organ availability can mean the difference between life and death. But researchers are using 3D printing technologies to develop organs, including hearts that use human cells, collagen and biological molecules.
For Aches and Pains — Goodbye Medication, Hello VR
Virtual reality-powered headsets can immerse people in 3D virtual environments and because of this distraction, VR is being used for pain management.
- A significant majority of Millennial parents surveyed globally would prefer their pediatrician to recommend VR pain therapy instead of medication to alleviate their child’s pain (China: 97%; India: 96%; Brazil: 90%; U.K: 82%; U.S: 79%).
- In addition, some parents “strongly” prefer their paediatrician to recommend VR pain therapy instead of pain medication, including those in India (75%), China (58%) and Brazil (45%), but only one-third of parents in both the U.S and U.K.
AI-Powered Virtual Nurse? Not When our Kids are in the Hospital, U.S. and U.K. Parents Say
Though telehealth, AI and remote monitoring tools are helping nursing expand care beyond in-person bedside monitoring creating a practically virtual nurse, a majority of Millennial parents in the U.S. (67%) and U.K. (57%) would not be very comfortable leaving their child in the care of an AI-powered virtual nurse during a hospital stay. Conversely, a majority of Millennial parents in China (88%), India (83%) and Brazil (61%) would be very comfortable leaving their child at the hospital in the care of an AI-powered virtual nurse.
U.S. Millennial Parents an Exception to Allowing Robot Surgery on Children
Surgical robots powered by artificial intelligence are bringing new innovations and accuracy to the operating room.
- Millennial parents in Asia are significantly more likely to allow robots powered by AI to conduct surgery on their Generation Alpha child — even more so in 2019 as compared to 2018 (China: 94% in 2019 vs. 82% in 2018; India: 86% in 2019 vs. 78% in 2018), while in 2019, 51% in the U.K. (a six percent increase over 2018) and 46 percent of Millennial parents in the U.S. (a 1% increase from 2018), say they would be very likely.
- In Brazil, 69% of Millennial parents in 2019 say they would be very likely to allow robots powered by AI conduct surgery as compared to 60% in 2018.
- What’s more, in 2019, 25 percent of Millennial parents in the U.S. and 21 percent in the U.K. say they would be “not likely at all” to allow this surgery on their child.
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